Twenty four year old Sanjita Chanu Khumukcham from Manipur became India’s second Gold medalist at the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast, as she won the women’s 53 kg weightlifting final on Tuesday morning.
Having won Gold in Glasgow in the last edition of the Commonwealth Games in 2014 in the 48 kg category, she repeated her feat in the 53 kg weight class this year. She lifted three kgs more than what her nearest rival could manage en-route to her second CWG Gold.
The Commonwealth Games record in the snatch category was previously held by Indian Swati Singh, set in Glasgow in 2014. Chanu, by lifting 84 kg, thus also broke Singh’s record, becoming the new record holder in the category. Then heading into the clean and jerk as one of the favourites, she lifted 104 kg and 108 kg in her first two attempts.
In an attempt to better Chanu’s lifts, Papua New Guinea’s Toa Dika Toua failed a 109 kg lift attempt, after lifting 102 kg in her first attempt. Sensing an opportunity to go clear, Chanu then set the bar to 112 kg, which if successful, would have broken the previous CWG record set by Dika Toua in Glasgow. However, it was not to be, which gave the lifter from PNG an outside chance to win the gold if an attempted lift of 113 kgs was successful.
Dika Toua then proceeded to be unsuccessful in her attempt to lift 113 kgs, which meant that Chanu bagged the gold and became the second Indian to do so in this edition’s Commonwealth Games.